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Media Studies at St Gregory's Catholic School

Course description

Studying Media at ‘A’ level is designed to give learners the following opportunities to:

•develop skills of enquiry, critical thinking, decision-making and analysis.
•develop a critical approach to media issues.
•develop appreciation and critical understanding of the media and their role both historically and currently in society, culture, politics and the economy.
•develop an understanding of the dynamic and changing relationships between media forms, products, media industries and audiences.
•develop knowledge and understanding of the global nature of the media.
•apply theoretical knowledge and specialist subject specific terminology to analyse and compare media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed in order to make informed arguments, reach substantial judgements and draw conclusions about media issues.
•engage in critical debate about academic theories used in media studies.
•appreciate how theoretical understanding supports practice and practice supports theoretical understanding.
•develop sophisticated practical skills by providing opportunities for creative media production.


Course content

A Level in Media Studies consists of two components that are externally assessed and one coursework component that is assessed by the centre and externally moderated.


Component 1 – Media Messages

This component is worth 70 marks and represents 35% of the marks for the A Level, and is assessed via an examination paper lasting two hours. The examination paper will consist of two sections.

• Section A: Contemporary News in the UK (45 marks)

• Section B: Media Language and Representation (25 marks)


Component 2 – Evolving Media

This component is worth 70 marks and represents 35% of the marks for the A Level, and is assessed via an examination paper lasting two hours. The examination paper will consist of two sections.

• Section A: Media Industries and Audiences (30 marks)

• Section B: Long Form Television Drama (40 marks)


Component 3 - Making Media

This is a non-examined assessment (coursework) component worth 60 marks and represents 30% of the marks for the A Level.

This coursework is internally assessed by teachers and externally moderated by OCR assessors.

Learners will create a cross-media product in response to a set brief, including research and planning. (60 marks).

Entry requirements

Level 6 in English Language and English Literature.

Future opportunities

Higher education – Opportunities to study media both as practical and theoretical courses at university or college.


Careers – The Media industry is a significant employer both in the UK and internationally.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Gregory's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OCR H409

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • St Gregory's Office
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01892 527444
    • Email address:


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